White Sox send a pair to Futures Game

White Sox send a pair to Futures Game
June 26, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Though the White Sox minor league system doesn't receive as much attention as its crosstown neighbors, the organization is sending just as many players to the Futures Game as the Cubs -- and potentially more.

Two Sox minor leaguers were named to the rosters for next months Futures Game in New York, a part of All-Star week that displays baseball's up-and-coming talent. Josh Phegley, playing at Triple-A Charlotte, was one of two catchers named to the U.S. team, while pitcher Andre Rienzo, also playing at Charlotte, was named to the World team. Additionally, Class-A Winston-Salem outfielder Courtney Hawkins -- last year's first-round draft pick -- is one of five players that fans could vote onto the U.S. team.

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Phegley, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., in his fifth season in the Sox organization, is hitting .314 with a .372 on-base percentage, 13 homers and 36 RBI for the Knights this season. Rienzo, a native of Brazil, has posted a 5-5 record with a 5.33 ERA in 15 starts.

Hawkins has struggled in his first full season in the minors, batting just .181 with five stolen bases in 44 games. He's up against four other players in a fan vote to determine the final member of the U.S. roster.